Wheel to Walk rolls out this week

Wheel to Walk: Sarah Arnold and Charles Brice are teaming up for a huge fundraiser for spinal cord research. Photo: Supplied

Wheel to Walk: Sarah Arnold and Charles Brice are teaming up for a huge fundraiser for spinal cord research. Photo: Supplied

Charles Brice is on a journey to raise $100,000 for spinal research.

It has been nine years since a freak motorbike accident left Charles quadriplegic, and to mark the occasion he will be taking a 300km ride across South Australia that will take him through Tanunda.

The ride will be a gruelling physical and emotional challenge as it retraces the route that Charles took in an ambulance after coming off his motorbike in Paruna in 2010.

On Wednesday, October 16, Charles will be hitting the road alongside 20 fellow riders as they head towards Adelaide over four days.

The ride will initially mirror the route Charles took in an ambulance ride from Paruna to Loxton.

From there, he was airlifted to Adelaide, and so riders will continue on to Swan Reach, Tanunda and finally Adelaide.

Riders will be staying locally in Tanunda on Friday night as they rest up before a final push to Adelaide.

The charity ride idea came from Charles's friend, Sarah Arnold, who told the Herald the event was the culmination of years of thinking and talking about ways they could help support spinal cord injury research.

"When the accident happened, I hadn't really known anyone who had been in that situation, and from day one something inside me said that I needed to do something," Sarah said.

They decided to address the wider issue of helping people to walk again, and specifically decided on the Wings for Life spinal cord research foundation.

Now, just a few days out from the ride, Sarah said all the riders are anxiously waiting to get out there and get started.

"The countdown is on," she said. "We're flat-out organising but ready to go and keen to get it underway."

Charles, who has been training hard in the lead-up to the event, will be riding his handcycle.

Charles' handcycle.

Charles' handcycle.

Together, Charles and Sarah and their supporters have already raised over $60,000 for the cause and they are optimistic they can reach their goal of $100,000.

In Loxton, on the first stop off of their journey, the group will have a charity night at the Loxton Hotel including guest speaker Tim Ginever and a fundraising auction.

Anyone interested in donating can visit www.wheeltowalk.com.au or follow the Wheel to Walk Facebook for more information.

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